I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
When you want to buy a dog, one of the most common problems that you face is picking a dog that you can fall in love with.
Dogs are often a major part of the family, making it tough for you to ever want to get rid of them.
One of the best dogs to get in a family, though, is a Husky Greyhound mix.
Such a dog is a challenge to raise, but once you get beyond those early teething pains you are left with a delightful dog.
So, let’s look at whether this a good cross breed for you.
What is a Grey Houndsky?
When it comes to owning something as beautiful as these, you will want to know what you are dealing with.
One part of this dog stems from the Husky.
Beautiful yet quite nonchalant, huskies are a breed of dog that you could shout at for hours, and it would look at you with a face that says “What?” – quite unlike the Greyhound.
Despite being among the fastest dogs in the world, a Greyhound is a remarkably lazy dog at times.
They love to just lie around unless there is something worth running for.
As such, this is a happy and odd mix at the same time: neither breed is anything like the other.
This leads to dogs that can be very hard to read.
As such, you should not expect much from them at first.
They are total mysteries.
Their defining traits can come from either side of the family, so you might find it hard to know which of the parents it is more like.
Only after a period of time will you begin to watch them find itself.
What Do They Look Like?
They are among the most stunning dogs in the world.
You would do very well to find a dog that is as unique and as interesting as a Husky Greyhound.
They are so different, with often entirely white coats that are going to shed a lot.
Be prepared to handle a dog that is going to be leaving a lot of trails everywhere it goes.
The shedding alone is some of the worst you will ever find on a dog.
This means that you should get a small handheld vacuum just for handling the fact that it is so shed-worthy.
At the same time, make sure that you pick up a dog that suits your lifestyle.
The height and weight of such a dog are often hard to work out, with not a huge amount of information on this breed out there to learn from.
As such, expect it to take on the physical properties of its dominant parent more than anything else.
Given huskies can be huge and greyhounds large themselves, expect this to be a dog that takes up a fair amount of size.
In terms of coat thickness, colour, eye colour, and actual physical look, though? I
t is entirely down to each dog: it’s a big part of what makes them so special.
How Do They Act?
One thing that is a bit more documented about them is that they are quite interesting dogs.
They are very much interesting dogs; they love to watch, learn, and observe.
When the time is right, though, they can take off to just about anywhere that they wish.
If you have one that is more like the latter, expect it to do anything that it can to please you: the Greyhound is a dog breed infamous for its desire to be loved.
Not so much.
It likes praise and rewards as much as anything else.
They are often energetic and cheery dogs that can spend all day playing and just around like crazy, making them good to have around kids (though with plenty of supervision until you know this is a dog that you can trust) as well as making them good dogs for going long walks with.
They love adventure, but they hate loud noises.
If you see your dog getting put off by fireworks and other such problems, take them inside and protect them from the light show.
Whether it’s a thunderstorm or a firework show, they are often quite terrified.
So, give them the support they need to get through the storm.
Lastly, expect your mix breed to be very easily distracted when it comes to being outdoors.
Other animals, especially smaller creatures, can make it tap into its inner Greyhound and shoot off chasing.
As such, make sure you have a dog that is going to be suitably prepared and kept on a leash as you walk.
Once your dog shows some obedience and discipline, you might not need a leash, but we always recommend getting it to become used to being nearby.
Given their adventurous side, you often need to rein them in a bit, so get used to that.
The end result, though, is a dog that is easy to love and very easy to spend time with.
With regards to exercise, this a dog made for anyone who is looking for a dog that has boundless energy.
Given it has such amazing lineage, it should come as no surprise that a dog like this will need lots of walking.
Therefore, try to keep the following in mind:
- The Greyhound nature of the dog means that you are often dealing with a dog that is hard to contain and to keep in the one place.
- Due to that, be prepared to take your Husky Greyhound mix out for hours’ worth of walks on a daily type. If you are not someone who gets out much, it’s time to change that.
- When that feels off-putting, we recommend spending more time trying to find dog walking groups and other similar choices. They can walk for hours, which your dog needs.
- These are dogs with so much natural energy and charisma that, generally, they will not handle a low exercise level. Not getting him/her outdoors will lead to various issues.
- Keep that in mind, as these particular kinds of dogs can be tough to contain when they are not in a good mood. Be sure to get them outside on a regular basis.
If you fail to do this, then you will likely be dealing with a very unhappy dog.
They are dogs that need an active lifestyle, so thus they need an active owner.
If you intend to get a mix like this but will be leaving it at home most of the day, then think again.
They are expensive dogs to own and keep around the place: making sure it can settle properly means making sure your lifestyles match-up with each other.
Feeding & Diet
The problem with them can be is that there is so little information about what they eat.
Some recommend you get them a lot of raw food; others recommend a dry food diet.
Whatever you do, take your dog to a vet as soon as you get it.
They can look at their dietary needs, what they are lacking in most, and give you good ideas about the kind of help that you should be giving your dog with regards to the food that you feed it.
Keep that in mind – many people have problems feeding them due to a lack of information.
With so little detail out there, then the best thing you can do is adapt to the individual needs of your dog.
It’s vital that you do as much reading as you possibly can into your dog.
Normally, a good mix is to start by giving it a helping diet that is made up of a lot of the foods its parents would eat.
Given the disparity in lifestyle and diet from a Husky to a Greyhound, though, even that can be tougher than it sounds.
Given the mysterious nature of this cross breed, you might find it hard to locate health information that you can reliably look at.
And unfortunately, that is likely to be the case when you get one in the first place.
As a relatively new cross breed of dog, they are often dogs that need to be given a lot of care, love, and attention.
In terms of their health, it’s best to just make sure that you look to take your Husky Greyhound mix to a vet on a regular basis.
Such a dog is going to have a risk of suffering from genetic and familial conditions which were passed on down to them, so it pays to make sure you take your dog for a bit of love and care when you get a chance.
Given the unique nature of this kind of dog, the only advice we can give you is to remain vigilant.
If you do that, you’ll likely avoid their common health issues in their parent breeds, including hip dysplasia, renal failure, and eye conditions.
As you can see, then, you have to be prepared for a fair amount when it comes to this kind of dog.
They are hard to care for and to manage.
That much is a fact.
If you can get over the challenges, though, having a Husky Greyhound mix around the house is a brilliant chance for everyone to have fun with a family pet.
It’s not the easiest dog to keep around, and at times it can feel quite frustrating.
On the good days, though?
Dogs like this are practically perfect.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen